Both teams started the game on the front foot but it was Bayern who struck the first blow with the help of goal machine Robert Lewandowski. Soon after Mesut Ozil’s goal was wrongly disallowed which was swiftly followed by Thomas Muller first goal of the night after some woeful defending from Martin Debuchy. More careless defending was shown by Arsenal in the third goal as David Alaba curled a brilliant shot in the top corner as he was given too much space outside Arsenal’s box.
In the second half Arjen Robben appeared as a substitute to score the 4th goal for Bayern. Olivier Giroud did get one back but it was too late for Arsenal as the match was rounded up on a blistering counter by Thomas Muller.
Injuries caused Arsenal major problems
At the moment Arsenal are without Aaron Ramsey, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott, Hector Bellerin, Jack Wilshere and David Ospina. Four of these players are first team players and to add to them Laurent Koscienlny did not feature. This gave Arsenal no pace and strength in midfield or defense thus resulting in an easy game for the mighty Bayern Munich.
Petr Cech stood out in a poor defense
Petr Cech again proved his worth to Arsenal as he made some great saves during the game. The Gunner’s defense and midfield though did not help him at all as Bayern’s players were given too much space during the match and there was no pressing either. Thomas Muller and David Alaba’s goals were perfect examples of this immature defensive performance.
The game was well managed by Bayern
Bayern knew they had to score the first goal and they did so by choking Arsenal in their own half during the first half. After a sublime pass from Thiago, Robert Lewandowski scored the opener after which they kept picking off Arsenal on the counter attack. They did switch off for a while which would’ve cost them if Arsenal had taken most of the chances they made. The wake up call though came from Olivier Giroud’s brilliantly taken goal after which Munich ended the game completely with hep of Thomas Muller’s goal.
Bayern are just wonderful to watch
Arsene Wenger’s sides are usually the one to play beautiful football but Pep Guardiola’s side oozed with class. Xabi Alonso and Thiago dominated the midfield play and orchestrated almost all of Munich’s attacks. Douglas Costa was too hot to handle with trickery and pace, Muller and Lewandowski were lethal as usual and both full backs were bombing down the flanks to keep Arsenal under pressure. With another proper center back to partner Boateng, this team can easily challenge for the champions league and no one would want to face them.
Arsenal can use this to go all in for the English Premier League
Arsenal still have a slender chance of qualifying for the knock out stages but they will have to win all their games and they would want Bayern to do them a favor by beating Olympiakos as well. Although there is a small chance of qualifying Arsenal are in excellent form in the Premier league and have a good chance of winning if their form continues. Perhaps dropping out of the Champions league will be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal.